DIE SCHÖNE MÜLLERIN
Baritone: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Piano: András Schiff
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: LPCM stereo
Running Time: 82 Mins
Region Code: PAL All
Booklet Languages: GB, F, D
Recording Date: 20 June 1991
Cat. No.: DV-CODSM
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau will turn 80 in May 2005. To celebrate the event,
TDK has joined forces with the Schubertiade and Austrian Television to present
a very special concert on DVD.
In 1991, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau finally agreed to perform Schubert's Die
Schöne Müllerin at the Feldkirch Schubertiade - he had not sung the
song-cycle in public for twenty years. The great baritone belonged to the innermost
circle of artists who give this unique, Austrian festival of chamber music its
distinctive character. He had performed Schubert there on many occasions, but
never Die Schöne Müllerin. The pianist András Schiff was another
long-standing member of the inner circle, but this was the artists' first collaboration
in Feldkirch - and so Austrian Television (ORF) recorded the concert. The documentary
importance of this film was enhanced by Fischer-Dieskau's retirement from public
performance two years later.
During another Schubertiade a few years earlier, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was
interviewed by music journalist Franz Zoglauer. The resulting documentary of
singer, painter and private person augments the concert presented on this DVD.
The singer speaks of his affinity to Schubert and the composer's influence on
the whole Lieder repertoire.
This is a unique occasion, not only for the listeners in the hall but also
for the two artists, who experienced their collaboration on the podium as something
quite exceptional. The viewer can see this in the artists' animated give and
take, their spontaneous mutual reactions, the creative excitement and a rare
artistic vivacity. Both remember the evening as a special event, and without
any hesitation consented to the recording being issued on DVD to make it available
to a wider public.